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Mar/Apr 2020 Newsletter

Issue No. 55

Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter

Issue No. 54

Press Releases

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

For more information, contact: 

Barbara Hollander, Altoona Site-Coordinator

(814) 946-4464

 

SAMA ALTOONA HOSTS LUNCH A L’ART CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WOODSTOCK

 

ALTOONA - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming Lunch a l’Art for 50 Years of Woodstock: The Collection of Mark Del Costello.

 

Please join us at the Museum for lunch with our guest speaker Jerry Zolten to learn about the history of Woodstock. This event will take place at 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Cost to attend is $15 per person. 

 

Zolten, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona, is an author, musician, music and radio producer, and on-screen documentary film narrator about the subject of roots and rock ‘n’ roll music. His recent work includes collaboration, narration, production, and writing for various projects and documentaries such as Chimpin’ the Blues, Ballad of the Dreadnought, How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock and Roll, The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, Country Music, and Time to Lay It Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.

 

In addition to co-editing the book Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream, his most recent publications include book chapters on various aspects of the Beatles’ career, and a forthcoming 2nd edition of his award-winning book Great God A’Mighty!: Celebrating the Dixie Hummingbirds! from Oxford University Press.

 

The Mark Del Costello Collection focuses on American graphic design of the modern era. This collection includes posters and ephemera related to a wide variety of topics such as music, theater, film, visual arts, product advertising, and political issues. Apart from its artistic significance, the Mark Del Costello Collection is also an important source for social history, touching many of the noteworthy events and movements that have occurred in the United States over the last fifty years. This collection would not be possible without the generous donations of Mark Del Costello. Del Costello’s donations were accessioned to the Museum’s collection in 1985 and 2019 and totals well over 1,500 pieces. 

 

To make reservations contact the Museum at (814) 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is located at the Brett Building in Downtown Altoona. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2020

For more information, contact: 

Barbara Hollander, Altoona Site-Coordinator

(814) 946-4464

 

SAMA ALTOONA TO ROCK OUT ON WICKED WEDNESDAY

 

ALTOONA - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is pleased to announce its upcoming Wicked Wednesday on March 25, 2020 at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. to celebrate the Museum’s 50 Years of Woodstock: The Mark Del Costello Collection and William H. Rau: Connecting to Community exhibitions. Cost to attend is $15 per person. There will be libations and small bites provided as well as music performed by Stormy. Woodstock attire is encouraged. 

 

The Mark Del Costello Collection focuses on American graphic design of the modern era. This collection includes posters and ephemera related to a wide variety of topics such as music, theater, film, visual arts, product advertising, and political issues. Apart from its artistic significance, the Mark Del Costello Collection is also an important source for social history, touching many of the noteworthy events and movements that have occurred in the United States over the last fifty years. This collection would not be possible without the generous donations of Mark Del Costello. Del Costello’s donations were accessioned to the Museum’s collection in 1985 and 2019 and totals well over 1,500 pieces. 

 

William H. Rau was a master of albumen landscape photography. Although he traveled widely in his early career, he is today best known for his Pennsylvania Railroad photographs, made to encourage rail travel in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1890, he spent the next five years documenting the rail line from New York to Pittsburgh. Rau also served as official photographer for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland.

 

To make reservations contact the Museum at (814) 946-4464 or altoona@sama-art.org. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona is located at the Brett Building in Downtown Altoona. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is open to the public free of charge. Parking is available in the garage across the street. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call (814) 946-4464.

January 23, 2020 

For more information, contact: 

Jess Campbell, Education Coordinator

(814) 472-3922

 

ARTISTS OF THE 21ST CENTURY RETURNS TO SAMA

 

LORETTO & LIGONIER– The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will continue its tradition of celebrating the area’s talented young artists with the return of Artists of the 21st Century, the museum’s twenty-second annual student art exhibition. This exhibition will feature over 300 pieces of student artwork. Student artwork will be displayed at SAMA Loretto from January 31, 2020 until April 4, 2020 and at SAMA Ligonier from February 14, 2020 until April 19, 2020. This exhibition is sponsored by the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators. 

 

Each museum will hold an opening reception to celebrate the exhibition and the region’s student artists. The SAMA-Loretto reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15. SAMA-Ligonier Valley’s reception is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 29. The receptions are open to the public free of charge, but the museum suggests a donation of $1 per person in support of the exhibition.

 

Schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Somerset counties will be exhibited at SAMA-Loretto, while schools in Fayette and Westmoreland counties will be featured in the Ligonier Valley exhibition. Each district is permitted to submit up to 25 individual projects and two group projects. Held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, the exhibition is open to schools that participate in SAMA’s Arts-in-Education or Artist-in-Residence program. Through the programs, SAMA educators and professional artists travel to public and parochial schools to provide lessons designed to enhance students’ understanding of art creation, technique, history, criticism and aesthetics. SAMA’s award-winning education initiative is the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth.

 

SAMA Loretto is located on the campus of Saint Francis University. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is open to the public free of charge. For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call (814) 472-3920.

 

SAMA Ligonier Valley is located at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is a handicapped-accessible facility and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, call the (724) 238-6015 or visit www.sama-art.org.

 

This project was made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts-in-Education Partner in this region is the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

January 23, 2020

For more information, contact: 

Jess Campbell, SAMA-Loretto Coordinator

(814) 472-3922

 

EXPRESSIONS OF COLOR DISPLAYED AT JOHNSTOWN

 

JOHNSTOWN – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Johnstown announces its next exhibition, Expressions of Color, which will be on display from Friday, January 10, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020. 

 

Expressions of Color will focus on Donald M. Robinson’s use of color throughout his photographic career. Robinson studied photography under Cole Weston, Jay Maisel, William Neill, Arnold Newman, and Phillip Hyde. Robinson once said, “I want my work to make sense to the viewer, I try to achieve naturalness and validity in everything I photograph. Even though my images are realistic, I continue to find great mystery and unanswered questions in many of my photographs.” 

 

SAMA is the chief repository of the work of the late Pittsburgh photographer. Numbering in excess of 800 objects, the Robinson Collection includes documentary and nature photographs taken on six continents and in more than 60 countries. 

 

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Johnstown is located in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Hours of operation are
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Museum is a handicapped-accessible facility and
is open to the public free of charge. For more information, please call the Museum at
(814) 269-7234 or visit www.sama-art.org.